Synthetic Biology Summer Schools

For graduate students interested in getting intensive training in synthetic biology, there are several summer schools worth considering: CSHL Summer School in Synthetic Biology: This program spans 2 weeks and combines lectures and intensive lab experience. Application deadline is April 15th.  SSBSS 2017:The Synthetic and Systems Biology Summer School (SSBSS) is a full-immersion five-day residential […]

Apply to Q-Bio Summer School

There is still time to apply to the 2016 Q-Bio Summer School. Applications are due on Monday, February 16 at 11:59pm (MST). The application requires a CV and a 1-page statement of interest in the summer school (combined into a single .pdf). Scholarships are available. To apply now, please visit the Q-Bio website: The […]

Synthetic biology textbooks

synthetic biology books

I recently came across a couple of synthetic biology textbooks that you may find useful if you have not seen them yet. BioBuilder published by O’Reilly in July 2015. The lead author is Natalie Kuldell  who is an Instructor in the Department of Biological Engineering at MIT as well as Founder and President of the […]

Teaching Synthetic Biology with GenoCAD


Teaching synthetic biology can be challenging because it involves concepts from so many fields.  I would like to give credit to two professors who have been teaching synthetic biology using GenoCAD. I was directly involved in the class taught by Massimiliano Pierobon at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Using video conference, I first gave a seminar […]

Synthetic Biology Security Course

synthetic biology security

Overview: Practical Introduction to Synthetic Biology Security Synthetic biology security can be difficult to assess. The emergence of synthetic biology is catalyzing a change of paradigms in life sciences. It supports the development of a new generation of biotechnology products, it enables radically new kinds of experiments in basic research, and it provides new training opportunities […]

Gene synthesis training

A practical introduction to gene synthesis Gene synthesis technologies are rapidly changing research paradigms in molecular biology. The purpose of this gene synthesis training is to provide students a practical understanding of gene synthesis so that they can make the most of it and better interact with providers of gene synthesis services. Background The development […]

Announcing gene synthesis course March 8-13 2015

We are pleased to announce that we will be offering our gene synthesis course again in the spring 2015. Gene synthesis technologies are rapidly changing research paradigms in molecular biology. The purpose of this course is to provide students a practical understanding of gene synthesis. This training will help student integrate gene synthesis in their […]

DNAFactory: A Gene Synthesis Game

We present our very first video game!  Targeted toward middle- and high-school students, DNAFactory demonstrates the steps a Gene Synthesis factory or laboratory would go through to produce DNA molecules; specifically, when creating a DNA sample, the target sequence is subdivided into shorter DNA fragments called oligos, which can be synthesized using a chemical process. […]

Introduction to GenoCAD Webinar presented by OpenHelix

The Peccoud Lab, based at Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech, is sponsoring a free webinar on GenoCAD, presented by OpenHelix on Thursday, March 27th, at 18:00 p.m. UTC/2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT. GenoCAD is a Computer-Assisted Design application for synthetic biology projects, which was developed by the Peccoud Lab at Virginia Tech and supported by the National […]